Sunday, July 20, 2008

We Made It

It actually wasn't a bad trip. We left the house around 12:30, but I had to run by my office and make a few other stops before we were truly on our way. Anna Kate ate her lunch and was asleep by the time we got to Opelika. I found my favorite station on SIRIUS (the 80's) and enjoyed a little quiet thinking time (that's rare in my life). She woke up right as we were pulling into Roanoke so we stopped for a short potty break and were on our way again. At that point the 'are we there yet?' started. This is where I begin to lose my mind. However, I was prepared this time and broke out the activity book and markers. She was occupied for approximately 8 minutes *sigh*....Shortly after that she was in meltdown mode.

A few of our conversations during the meltdown phase of our trip

AK: Mammmmmmmmmmmma, when are we going to be there?
Me: In a little while - about 45 minutes.
AK: But that's going to take a long time!
Me: Not nearly as long as it has been.
*Pause for silence (she was thinking up something else to complain about)*
AK: Mama, I'm cold! (said in whiney voice)
Me: Why don't you use your blanket?
AK: My feet are cold. Feel 'em.
Me: Yep, they are cold.
AK: That means we're there. Are we there?
Me: *sigh* No Anna Kate. Another 40 minutes.
*Pause for silence*
AK: MAMA!!! I'm hot in this car all day long!
-Mommy turns a/c on in back of car-
AK: NOOOOO mama, I'm not hot.
-Mommy turns a/c off in back of car-

And that was just 7 minutes of the meltdown phase. Do you see why traveling with this child is exhausting? But then there are the fun moments when we crank up mommy's dance music and sing and dance. This afternoon we grooved to the Eurythmics, U2, Beasty Boys, Culture Club and many more fine tunes of the carefree 80's and 90's :-)

So now here I sit, wide awake, when I should be in bed since I have to drive three hours to a two-day meeting in the morning. Oh well..... Have I mentioned how much I'm looking forward to a hotel room alone? Just imagine, a king size bed all to myself. The TV all to myself. Peace and quiet. And WIFI (which I have at home, but still) that's luxury! Here is where I'll be staying. I've never been before, but it looks nice. Here's to hoping my meeting doesn't run long...